A crowd of more then 4,800 fans witnessed the first ever franchise home victory for the Houston Dash on Wednesday night June 11, 2014 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Dash midfielder Teresa Noyola's penalty kick in the 68th minute secured Houston's 2-1 win.
Houston played much of the opening half in their own defensive third of the field before finding their offensive footing shortly after the half hour mark. Dash forward Kealia Ohai hit the far post in the 34th minute with Tiffany McCarty missing short side on the rebound.
In the 40th minute, McCarty did not miss riling a shot past WNYF keeper Lydia Williams.
" When I saw the replay, I just happened to looked up at the replay monitor which I probably should not have done," said McCarty in describing her goal. Oh my God, that was, I had more time then I thought."I didn't think I had as much time as I did." McCarty's goal was her third in the two games and gave Houston it's first ever home lead.
The Flash were not without their opportunities especially in the closing minutes of the half. WNY midfielder Samantha Kerr split the Houston defense bringing Dash goalkeeper Erin McLeod off her line in the 45th minute and then in stoppage McLeod made a diving save off a right footed blast from Flash forward Jasmyne Spencer.
Adriana Martin evened the game at 1-1 beating McLeod and a miscue by the Dash backline in the 62nd minute.
Two minutes later, the Dash regained the lead when Houston midfielder Kaylyn Kyle was pulled down in the box following a corner kick. Noyola converted and the Dash had the 2-1 lead. Noyola nearly added to the lead six minutes later forcing Williams to make a diving stop from a 25 yard direct kick.
New York pressured in the closing minutes but to no avail as the Dash held on for their their third consecutive win. The victory moved Houston (4-7-1, 13 points) into seventh place in the NwSL standings just a point off the pace of WNY and Portland Thorns FC.
"They (the team) has been so hungry for this. We have just taken this (season) one game at a time," emphasized head coach Randy Waldrum. "Every time we step on the field we want to win. We'll really enjoy this one tonight and then start to work on the next game. We are really proud of the effort."
Houston hosts FC Kansas City on Saturday in an 8p.m. CDT match.